MGMT's Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden first came together while attending Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT before signing with Columbia Records and Red Ink in 2006. Their first studio album â€œOracular Spectacularâ€ sold over a million copies worldwide, reaching platinum status in Australia, Ireland and the UK. Singles "Kids," "Metanoia," "Electric Feel" and "Time to Pretend" all earned a spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts.
In promotion of their second album Congratulations, released this April, MGMT has been on tour since April and plans to stay on the road for at least another six months, wrapping up their international headlining tour in Portugal. MGMTâ€™s latest album is the highly anticipated follow up to their 2008â€™s Oracular Spectacular, which spawned the yearâ€™s anthems â€œTime to Pretendâ€ and â€œKidsâ€. Calling the latest album â€œsomething of a reactionary statement dismissing the rapid rise to fame that the band experiencedâ€, the critics found that what came of the single-less recipe was a modern pysch rock masterpiece: including â€œCongratulationsâ€, a wistful self-reflection of their sudden celebrity status and dedications to their musical inspirations (â€œBrian Enoâ€ and â€œA Song for Dan Treacyâ€). MGMTâ€™s last appearance in Boston was opening for admitted fan Paul McCartney in August of 2009 at Fenway Park, with 2010 marking the bandâ€™s first headlining slot in Boston.